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Goldsmith

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Summary

Design and create gold rings, necklaces, bracelets, and stone settings.

What does a Goldsmith do?

When you watch celebrities walking down the red carpet, do you find yourself captivated more by their bling than by their beauty? Do you dally at the glass-encased jewelry displays at the mall? If you have a passion for gems, jewels, and the artistry of necklaces, rings, and earrings, then a job as a Goldsmith might be a great fit for you.

Goldsmithing is the job of an Artist. And it is an art that is rarely used today in the way it once was. While Goldsmiths of the past created alloys out of pure gold, formed metallic shapes for a variety of uses, or made platters and flatware, today’s Goldsmith is typically a Jeweler.

But as a Goldsmith, you do more than just stick a diamond into a ring. Instead, you design and fabricate the entire piece. The process not only requires creativity and experimentation, but also excellent hand-eye coordination, good eyesight, and precision. Transforming those intricate designs from an idea in your mind to the real thing also requires specialized tools.

You melt, mold, and manipulate gold and other fine metals into strands, loops, clasps, and chains, making sure the pieces are neither too thin nor too thick. Whether you’re repairing a brooch that’s been handed down from generation to generation, or designing a ring for a king, you use strength to pound together large metal pieces, as well as finesse to delicately attach the thinnest of strands. You use your eye for detail, head for design, and hand for precision to create works of art worthy of royalty.

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